On a scale 1 to 2001: Space Odyssey, how smart is your home? Potential buyers are looking for those smart home features while home shopping, but how do you walk the line of being trendy without sinking money into something that may become obsolete quickly? We gathered a few easy and relatively cheap ways to upgrade your home's operating system without breaking the bank or falling the way of Betamax.


EcoBee Thermostat

Top rated by PC Magazine, Ecobee is user-friendly and with a sleek modern design. Plus it ready to play with Alexa!

$236 on amazon.com


Insteon Smart Outlets

Take more control over your electricity usage! We picked Insteon because of its ability to control each plug individually and it's color choices. (If this is to rich for your blood, try just swapping out your outlets for USB wall plates.)

$52.43 on amazon.com


Hue Lightbulbs

No doubt you've heard of Philips Hue Lightbulbs, but there is an option if you don't want all that fancy color-changing. The starter pack for Hue White is practically a bargain.

$66.59 on amazon.com


Sky Bell Video Doorbell

Again, top-ranked by PC Magazine, but top-ranked by us for its style. You can access Sky Bell from your phone, but it doesn't have its own app. The video feed and cloud storage capabilities more than make up for lack of handy software.

$164.19 on amazon.com


Nest Smart Smoke & CO2 Detector

Even Randal thought these were fun! Although there are cheaper options, if you want a fully functioning smart smoke alarm, Nest is the way to go. Although we did find these fun "smart batteries" to put in old smoke alarms.

$136.77 on amazon.com

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